A brewing fight over an anti-abortion bill aimed at the U.S. Supreme Court

Last summer, Georgia Right to Life hosted a meeting with anti-abortion members of the House on St. Simons Island.

(GRTL isn’t rolling in money. The lawmakers were already there for a relaxed GOP caucus meeting.)

Constitutional attorneys were brought in to explain the impact of the new Obama administration on the U.S. Supreme Court – that the window of opportunity to mount a direct legal challenge to Roe v. Wade would begin to shrink with the first retirement of a court conservative.

So it was essential, they explained, that the challenge begin as soon as possible. Dan Becker, president of Georgia Right to Life, and the lawyers outlined the bill they had in mind to raise the proper legal issues and attract the interest of conservative Supreme Court justices.

That bill was HB 1155, which would bar physicians from performing abortions on women who they knew to be coerced into the procedure. More important, for purposes of challenging Roe v. Wade, the bill prohibited abortions when the root cause was the gender or race of the fetus.

When HB 1155 became mired in the House special judiciary committee, SB 529 – an identical version of the legislation – was introduced in the Senate, and quickly passed.

SB 529 is now before the House Judiciary Committee. Becker suspects that some House Republican leaders are about to tone down the bill with a substitute that would remove the race and gender features of the measure – the elements intended to generate the high court challenge.

So this afternoon, GRTL began putting out a swarm of robo-calls featuring Mike Huckabee, the winner of Georgia’s 2008 presidential primary:

“Hello, this is Gov. Mike Huckabee calling on behalf of the Georgia Right to Life. I want to bring to your attention a vitally important piece of legislation that has powerful implications for the sanctity of human life nationwide.

“Senate Bill 529 is a simple bill. It protects a woman from being forced into having an abortion against her will, and prohibits the use of abortion as a means of race or gender discrimination. Some of the best pro-life attorneys in the nation have helped craft the language of SB 529, and it’s very important that the Georgia House with no amendments. I’m asking you, please contact your state representative….”

Becker said that Focus on the Family, too, is set to weigh in on passage of the legislation. A full court press is to begin Monday.

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48 comments Add your comment


April 15th, 2010
3:17 pm

It’s ironic that the GOP will waste taxpayers’ money on lawsuits when teachers are being furloughed, class size is allowed to get bigger, school days are being cut, social services are being devastated, water and transportaion problems are horrendous, colleges and universities are being decimated, etc., etc. etc. Maybe the GOP is not the party of responsible spending after all.

Drinking COFFEE from now on.

April 15th, 2010
3:20 pm

Question One – What evidence exists to suggest that racial or gender discrimination is a factor in abortion?

Question Two – How does one determine that such discrimination IS a factor?

Question Three – How does one determine that someone is being coerced into an abortion?

Question One, I suspect, we know the answer to. The answer is “No”. This is yet another ploy by the far right to exercise control over women’s bodies, forcing them to have unwanted children that they will stop caring a whit about the moment they are born and become just another “leech” on society.

Questions Two and Three are almost entirely subjective judgments on the part of the hypothetical physicians. I don’t imagine that a patient says “Yeah, I don’t want my black baby because it’s black!” or, after learning the gender of the child says “Mmmm…no…let’s try again”. The very idea is ludicrous. Mind reading would be required on the part of a physician to determine. No, this is just another tool, like allowing pharmacists to refuse to sell morning after pills, to allow self-righteous professionals to judge other people and make moral decisions about their lives form them.

The party of small government…L…O…L.


April 15th, 2010
3:23 pm

The GOP in GA is a slave to right wing ideology and Grover Norquist whether it makes sense or not. Trust me when I tell you we will ALL pay dearly for it too


April 15th, 2010
3:28 pm

National pro-life groups and attorney’s would line up to offer their services . . . PRO BONO, in order to have this case go before the Supreme Ct. This wouldn’t cost the tax payers of Georgia a red (or blue) cent.

Roe is founded on the shaky legal premise of a “right to privacy” , as “found in the prenumbra (whatever that is) of the US Constitution”. Even pro-abortion legal scholars say that this showdown is inevitable. They claim that it is not a matter of IF Roe is going to be overturned . . . but WHEN.

Georgia gave the United States abortion on demand through ALL nine months, for ANY reason and for ALL reasons (Doe vs Bolton 1973). It is Georgia’s privilege … nay its responsibility to offer the case that addresses this horrible piece of baseless jurisprudence.

Unless of course the Republicans wa


April 15th, 2010
3:30 pm

Where are all these women who were forced to have abortions, and why is this not assault and battery?

Does anybody know if the police have any leads on who is doing this, and have there been any arrests?

Mrs. White&Black

April 15th, 2010
3:51 pm

So this is some kind of step towards eventually getting rid of Roe v. Wade? That is SCARY. Why do these Republicans want to go back in time instead of moving forward? They want ppl to live by their rules, much like the terrorists.WTF

Mid Ga Retiree

April 15th, 2010
3:59 pm

The government needs to stay out of our private, personal business. If the “right-to-life” Republicans continue to obsess over this issue instead of trying to solve our major economical problems, the could find themselves losing control of the legislature, if not the governor’s office. The right-to-lifers need to get a life.


April 15th, 2010
4:08 pm

The irony is that the issue is not of science and viability. A woman who is shot and is pregnant early on – the case could mean double homicide. But a woman at the same stage of pregnancy aborts. No charges are filed. It comes down to the baby being wanted. We will value life if it is wanted but just say it is the woman’s choice if it is unwanted.

More sound logic – the argument is that this is the woman’s body therefore her choice. But those same people agree with Roe which outlaws abortion in the third trimester. Does this mean that in the third trimester, it is no longer her body and therefore NOT her choice? So we have given a time qualifier on when a woman no longer has control of her body?

An animal has more legal defense than a human being. Michael Vick gets prison, fines, etc. for having dogs fight each other. Meanwhile doctors who swore the Hypocratic oath to protect life make untold sums of money on dicing up a fetus. The irony how a fetus – human in every way – has no protection and defense but dogs do.

It all comes down to a secular humanist view on life. Such a casual view on humanity that we can say humans are a burden and therefore deserve death – called termination as if it were some cancer purged from the body. Where have we gone when society has no regard for itself but values other aspects more than its own humanity?

We say these children are better off being aborted because of what they MIGHT experience in life – being raised in a poor, minority, etc. life. So in Hitleresque fashion, we deem these deserving to be aborted because they are a burden or undesireables. Exterminate them because they stand no chance.

Drinking COFFEE from now on.

April 15th, 2010
4:17 pm

“We say these children are better off being aborted because of what they MIGHT experience in life – being raised in a poor, minority, etc. life. So in Hitleresque fashion, we deem these deserving to be aborted because they are a burden or undesireables. Exterminate them because they stand no chance.”

A “secular humanist” reference AND Godwin’s Law in the same post, and within the first 10. That has to be a record.


April 15th, 2010
4:21 pm

Well, testimony from a young woman coerced to have her baby aborted when she was 14 (but wanted to birth the child) due to the mixed race of the child, and several other cases in Georgia (remember the one where the young woman was forced to drink turpentine?), show that yes, coercion exists, and for reasons of race. Gender based abortions? Over 100 million worldwide in recent decades. It happens in the US where asian immigrants carry the same male-child preference. Why would anyone argue that coercion for ANY reason be okay? Pass it onto the floor. Call your reps and ask them to do this before its too late (four legislative days left this session).

Concerned about life

April 15th, 2010
4:22 pm

Many of our social and economic ills are rooted in the fact that we are killing the most innocent of our citizens, its pre-born children. Even if a woman has a right to choose regarding her own body, the baby she is carrying is a human being with its own DNA, fingerprints, etc. Our society has been duped into thinking that the baby is part of the woman’s body.


April 15th, 2010
4:22 pm

Coffee – mock it all you want. Fact is fact. Sanger, Planned Parenthood, eugenics, etc. all revolve around the same point – ridding those considered burdens and undesireables. While you see it as a joke, I see it as a pathetic display in regard to human life.

Psych Doc

April 15th, 2010
4:30 pm

There is evidence that women are coerced into abortions in the State of Georgia sometimes over the issue of the race of the baby. One mother told her white daughter, you aren’t going to bring that black baby into my house. (I cleaned it up for print.) The daughter being under 18 was scared and had no place to go so she went to the abortion clinic where she told them repeatedly that she didn’t want this abortion. They performed it anyway. (Why didn’t they offer her help and an alternative? No money in that I guess.) The young woman has suffered ever since. Coercion and Race. (And bigotry and racism and violence all in one case.) Want more. We have a whole page of documented cases. Not just hearsay. There is no law against an abortionist doing anything he darn well pleases for any reason or no reason.

Sorry, folks, but women really have no choice. All abortion on demand did was hand more power to the men in their lives. “Don’t have to marry you now, because if you get pregnant, I can force you to have an abortion and if you stand up to me, I will hurt you and hopefully kill the baby.” Most women who contracept use abortion as a fail-safe. Whatever happened to self-respect and chastity until marriage? Women have literally made their beds and now are sleeping in them; beds that are usually impoverished, cold, and lonely. BTW, if you think that aborting your baby will keep your relationship together, the scientific data show otherwise.

If you find yourself in an unplanned pregnancy, don’t kill you baby. There are people out here to help you. Be sure that you truly are making a choice that you (and your baby) can live with.


April 15th, 2010
4:44 pm

So this is a bill to protect those white girls who are going to have mixed-race kids? Why didn’t they say so? It’s good to see that the Georgia GOP is concerned there aren’t enough non-white kids in Georgia.

Drinking COFFEE from now on.

April 15th, 2010
4:51 pm

“Coffee – mock it all you want. Fact is fact. Sanger, Planned Parenthood, eugenics, etc. all revolve around the same point – ridding those considered burdens and undesireables. While you see it as a joke, I see it as a pathetic display in regard to human life.”

I consider your version of “facts” a joke. The fact that you invoked Hitler in your first post is just gravy.


April 15th, 2010
5:04 pm

Coercion is real. It comes from boyfriends, parents, husbands and pimps. How do you not see that? Where there is a disparity of age or power between the girl/woman and her partner, there is plenty of potential for coercion in the sex itself and in the subsequent “choice.” If you are truly pro-choice, you can see it. If you are actually pro-abortion, I guess abortion is such a precious right and a positive good to you, that no coercion would be imaginable.

Annie Ethel

April 15th, 2010
5:16 pm

I’d prefer the practitioner would be removed from civil and criminal liability, but the person doing the coercion would be accountable.


April 15th, 2010
5:25 pm

Annie, the practitioner is sposed to get informed CONSENT, but if he/she knows that there is coercion going on, they should refuse to do the procedure. Just like if your husband took you in for plastic surgery and the doc knew you were opposed to it. It is against the law and his ethics to go ahead. If it is done anyway, this gives the woman just recourse.


April 15th, 2010
5:55 pm

“bart ” It does my heart GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to hear about teacher layoffs, you left wing tax sucking pigs deserve every bit of the “CHANGE” you voted for. Now quit crying becuase you got exactly what you voted for and suck it up like the liberal bedwetting baby you are.


April 15th, 2010
6:01 pm

Family values would be well served by the State’s investment in economic development, k to 12 education, smaller class sizes, mental health care and services for the elderly, statewide trauma 1 medical services, liveable wages, clean water infrastructure and transit to name a few. Too bad reproductive health issues dominate the family values discussion in Georgia.


April 15th, 2010
6:18 pm

Shirley– “too bad reproductive health issues dominate the family values discussion…” many of us believe life and death are kinda the foundation of all other family values. The status quo in our country is abortion on demand through all of pregnancy because of Roe v. Wade and Doe v Bolton (health of the mother= financial, social, familial, etc, etc.). How many kids grow up hearing or fearing “I wish I had aborted you.”


April 15th, 2010
7:02 pm

Glad we’re focusing on the economy here, with record unemployment and all.

Drinking COFFEE from now on.

April 15th, 2010
7:13 pm

“How many kids grow up hearing or fearing “I wish I had aborted you.””

Umm, I imagine it’s a relatively tiny majority.

As to the various responses on coercion, racial bias, etc. Where are the statistics that support this? I see people claiming it happens ALL THE TIME, but strangely, the only time I’ve heard it made into an issue (and let’s be honest, given the histrionic, reactionary nature of the average anti-choice activist in this country, it would come up constantly were it actually an issue) is by these legislators. I’m not interested in your emotional hysteria, I’m interested in facts. You know, those things that religious nuts are generally incapable of rendering, understanding, interpreting or, frankly, believing in.

And dude. Randy. Given your fifth-grade writing ability and lack of critical thinking (for instance, suggesting that State furloughing in a Republican-dominated state has something to do with…what was it again?…left-wing tax-sucking pigs…is proof that you are a moron) I imagine that you are one of those foolish individuals who consistently vote against your own self-interest because Rush or some other ideologue tells you to. I suppose using phrases like “liberal bed-wetting baby” makes you feel more masculine despite the fact that your probably unable to fulfill the socially-mandated duties that would fulfill your role in modern hegemonic masculinity…am I right, “Randy”?

I’m guessing it’s actually YOU who needs his momma. And a change of sheets in the morning.

Drinking COFFEE from now on.

April 15th, 2010
7:13 pm

hmm..tiny MINORITY, I should say.

Ms. Charlie

April 15th, 2010
7:19 pm

I still don’t understand how abortion is a right. How does the woman’s right matter more than the child’s right to life? It’s a heart beating inside you – it’s alive – why would anyone have the right to stop it? If you stop a beating heart, it’s not murder? If I were on my way to an abortion clinic to have an abortion, but was attacked on the way and my baby died, they would charge the assailant with murder – yet really, didn’t he just beat me to it?

Small Gov't My A##

April 15th, 2010
7:48 pm

when every single blowhard “right to life” republican adopts a child (there are PLENTY of them to be adopted), then they can pursue this political posturing. Until then, they should shut up and try to actually address some real problems like unemployment, obscene corporate welfare, the looting of the middle class, the failing education system (just look how they are F’ing up Texas re-writing text books), torture, war on soverign states… where to start, where to start. Republicans have done more damage to this country in the past 25 years then Democrats could dream of, but they think this is a good use of their time (and our money). PATHETIC.

Johanan Raatz

April 15th, 2010
8:46 pm

Why are there so many anti-fetal rights extremists angry about this? I mean most moderate Americans prefer to balance the rights of the abortive mother with those of her fetal child. I don’t see this bill doing anything past that. It’s actually quite centrist so I don’t see what all the fussy temper tantrums are about.


April 15th, 2010
9:28 pm

A simplistic view on this:
A baby is similar to a tumor (sacrilege, but true), it is a growth that has the full potential of killing the mother. Often surgery is required (Cesarean – C-section), and ALL surgery have the potential of infection and death of the mother. Now, if we were to consider this growth a child, it would be a child with a knife threatening the life of the mother. Now, anyone in fear of their life is free to defend themselves in every state in the U.S. You may, in fact, kill in self-defense when in fear of ones own life.

Some people see the threat differently and respond to assault in different ways. Some see less of a threat and compromise, rather than pull their gun and start shooting the threat. Most Republican I know generally fall into the “shoot first, ask questions later” category, so this is somewhat confusing to me.

But, in any event, it’s everyone’s right to defend themselves when their life is endangered, yes? So like any other threat to life and limb the decision should be left to the person facing that threat. NOBODY can guarantee having a child won’t kill the mother. I’ll leave the decision to the one threatened.


April 15th, 2010
10:48 pm

Where is the outrage that the Georgia economy is spiraling downward every day? Where is the concern about the increasing unemployment rate in the state? Or the disinvestment in k to 12 education? Or the furloughs for teachers and state law enforcement ? Or the polluted air we breath because we don’t invest in transit and parks? The discussion about quality of life in Georgia misses the point every time, narrowing the focus to one emotional issue that has been settled in the courts. The more emotional the issue the more likely we’ll get stuck on it ignoring our responsibility to invest in our future.

Johanan Raatz

April 15th, 2010
11:35 pm

“A baby is similar to a tumor (sacrilege, but true),”

So? If the “tumor” is also a person then the tumor has rights. Rights which may trump the mothers rights if they turn out to be greater in magnitude. (also sacrilege but true)

“it is a growth that has the full potential of killing the mother.”

Like one in a million cases, but I don’t see why we should focus on the exception to establish the rule.

“Now, anyone in fear of their life is free to defend themselves in every state in the U.S. You may, in fact, kill in self-defense when in fear of ones own life.”

That is not the case with 99.999999% of abortions though. The situations where they are (like ectopic pregnancies etc.) are technically not even properly classified as abortions anyway. So I don’t see how this really relates to abortion as an issue at large.

“NOBODY can guarantee having a child won’t kill the mother. I’ll leave the decision to the one threatened.”

Nobody can guarantee that your neighbor might not accidentally drive into you with his car either, (similar odds to death by pregnancy) but that does not mean we allow people to shoot their neighbors in self-defense just because they own a car and might accidentally drive it into them.

Johanan Raatz

April 15th, 2010
11:37 pm

“Where is the outrage that the Georgia economy is spiraling downward every day?”

Yeah I agree, anti-fetal rights extremists should just drop court challenges to this and other silly activities and focus on issues of real concern like jobs or the economy.


April 16th, 2010
12:38 am

I am so tired of reading the same thread about what are the republicans doing about the jobs and the economy?

Well if you paid attention to current events then you would realize that Governor Perdue is doing everything he can to bring in jobs to Georgia. For example NCR is bringing 2000 descent paying jobs from Ohio to the great state of Georgia. There are 2 other companies that are bring jobs to Georgia by Sonny’s doing as well unfortunately, I cannot recall the name of the companies or the number of jobs. I’ ll have to look it up and get back to you.

Please tell me what your Demoncratic (mis-spelled on purpose) leaders are doing to create jobs and stimulate the economy. That’s right there voting for socialized medicine to increase our national debt and at the same time sending more people to the unemployment line. And the reason I say that is because when the government finally takes of our health care system they will put every Private Insurance employee’s out of work. Guess how many people that would be try 60,000-80,000 tax paying citizens.

How dare you criticize the Republicans for not doing enough when they are trying to do every thing they can to stop the take over health-care by Obamacare without even costing the Georgia Taxpayers a dime. Since, there are actually some unusually kind lawyers willing to take the case on via Pro-Bono. So please quit asking that same tired question and tell me what the democrats are doing for Georgia.


April 16th, 2010
12:48 am

Dlink and Johanan Raatz, How can you compare a fetus to a tumor? Can a tumor grow up and be president of the United States?

On second thought you might be right… Look at our Democratic President Barack Hussein Obama. He is a cancer on America. However, I will pray that he his malignant and can be removed as soon as possible in November 2012, As long as he doesn’t declare Martial Law before then.


April 16th, 2010
9:17 am

Just more evidence that conservatives and evangelical fascists are not concerned with your liberty.

They actively plot to and strategize how to most effectively take away your freedom.

John K

April 16th, 2010
9:50 am

I’m so glad pro-lifers have put their money where there mouth is and have adopted every single orphan in the nation.

Last Republican Left

April 16th, 2010
10:33 am

If this bill passes and is challenged as expected, then the State, through the Attorney General, will be under a Constitutional obligation to defend the law. So yes, the State will incur a significant cost if things go as expected (planned).

Independent Thinker

April 16th, 2010
10:34 am

Coercion is a real threat, especially for young girls, when it comes to abortion. If a girl/woman is brave enough to go against her parents’ or partner’s wishes and say that she wants to have the baby, then I feel that she is brave enough to have it and/or raise it, and she most certainly should be given that right and respect.

Abortion is an issue in which I take a feminist approach. Often times abortion is blamed solely on the mother. Most women who have abortions are abandoned by the father of the child, and in my opinion, the men who abandon are just as much responsible as the women who don’t want to face the pregnancy, scrutiny, and raising of the child alone.

Until you are standing in the woman’s/girl’s shoes, it makes a hard case for anyone to judge so easily.


April 16th, 2010
11:23 am

Mayor Shirley – I concur. There is no outrage because the posters on this blog don’t understand the conversation. These are the same people that say, “we don’t want government intruding in our life and shoving healthcare reform down our throats.” than they say, “the unborn child deserves to live–just as long as the child doesn’t require any healthcare.” With the high unemployment rate in Georgia, no rail system to move people to jobs and the educational system spiraling downward because of drastic budget cuts–these folks rather talk about unborn children. Stop calling yourselves pro-lifers and call yourself “pro-birthers.” because you certainly don’t care about the child after they’re here.

Johanan Raatz

April 16th, 2010
11:54 am

Enrique, I wasn’t meaning to compare a fetal child to a tumor. I was actually referring to DLink’s comment and showing him that even if a fetal child is a “tumor” that it is completely irrelevant anyway as a fetal child has rights.

Johanan Raatz

April 16th, 2010
11:55 am

Diogenes, what do you mean? Support for fetal rights means more natal liberty -the freedom to be born. Actually I think the anti-fetal rights extremists would be more the fascists as they are opposed to these rights.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

April 16th, 2010
12:00 pm

Can afford a lawsuit for this and to appoint a “Special AG” to fight health care but can’t afford to fund the Georgia Council for the Arts.

Republicans suck.


April 16th, 2010
12:02 pm

Are you folks arguing in support of this bill conscious of what you’re asking for? If my 14 year old wanted to have a baby (regardless of race), I’d consider it my duty as her mother to dissuade her from such a disastrous decision. That’s what parental consent is about — parents who need to help kids make decisions about important life events when the kids are too young to understand the consequences. So I don’t believe that girl who said the race of her baby was more important to her parents than her age — 14. Typical teenage anti-parent whining, to me. And now she will use her sad and probably misrepresented story to make it harder on all parents who can now be accused of “coercion” when we try to do the best for our kids and harder on the doctors who try to provide services we voluntarily walk into their offices and ask for. Is someone using a gun to “coerce” us into going to an abortion doctor? Was that girl prepared to support that baby and how? Who would have kept that child, presuming she was going to stay in school? (Probably that same mother she is disrespecting). Or was she going to contribute yet another child to the hard-to-adopt ranks of children, 60% of whom are black? Folks arguing for this bill don’t live in the real world of parenting, children, and women who have difficult decisions to make in the most responsible way we can. You’re so busy moralizing about the unborn babies you can’t even make sense about how to help the children who are already here! Shame on you!

Gavel Grab » Friday Media Summary

April 16th, 2010
12:27 pm

[...] Atlanta Journal Constitution/Political Insider: A brewing fight over an anti-abortion bill aimed at the U.S. Supreme Court Jim Galloway – 4/15/2010 [...]

Buck Mulligan

April 16th, 2010
2:14 pm

You’d think the anti-choice Nazis would at least support widened health care to help patch up the women damaged by back alley abortions.


April 16th, 2010
2:42 pm

Coercion DOES exist, but it also exists in abusive relationships where men force sex on their mates (yes, even the married ones for you anti-sex-before-marriage folks out there), tamper with contraception and threaten violence (if not actually carry it out) if the woman isn’t ready to have children. I’m sure, somehow, the anti-choice folks would still demand she stay in the marriage/relationship, have the babies (however many HE wants) and lay all the blame at the women’s feet because of Eve or something. I knew a girl who was routinely abused by her spouse, nearly died having her first child due a very difficult pregnancy and was being forced to go through all of that again by her spouse because she had no support from her “traditional” family and no one else to turn to. All because HE wanted another child, not her. She was told she needed to be a more obedient and attentive wife. Even if it killed her, apparently.

Ms. Charlie

April 16th, 2010
8:02 pm

Anti-choice Nazis? Really? Just explain to me why you think that the beating heart of a baby does not have the same rights as others? I know PETA members who think that unborn animals have more rights than unborn children. Maybe you are one of them? Anti choice? You just can’t accept that the choice was made when two consenting adults had sex. That’s the choice, pregnancy is the result of that choice and you deal with the baby. You don’t get to murder the baby. It’s so simple. A heartbeat indicates life, if you stop that heartbeat, you end life and it’s murder. The same as putting prisoners to death. It’s not our right to decide who lives and dies, not in the womb or in prison. Why would my right to decide mean more than those affected by my decision – those that my decision may kill?

[...] Read some background here. At bottom, the bill would ban physicians from performing abortions on women they believe to have been “coerced” into the procedure. [...]

Peggy Loonan

April 20th, 2010
10:27 am

After all these decades and all the laws passed to restrict abortion into the underground and after all the deaths of abortion providers by anti-abortion extremists here’s why a street fight over Roe vs. Wade will result in its affirmation – even by all 4 of the very conservative and very anti-abortion justices. Go to Life and Liberty for Women and click on Illegal Abortion Pictorial. You can then click on each individual image.

These images will come out of hiding from coast to coast and even the anti-abortion conservative justices can’t ignore this reality of illegal abortion. Not to mention mainstream abortion rights groups finally getting the balls to get in their faces and force anti-abortion extremists to take their “abortion is murder” to its final and only conclusion: life in prison and in states like Texas execution by the state for murder because in our society we punish not just the “murderer” – the dr. when abortion is illegal – BUT ALSO the woman and teenager who SOLICITED the murder. Solicitors of murder are punished as well they should be and when abortion is illegal that IS your mother, sister, aunt, daughter, granddaughter, wife or lover. Do you REALLY THINK that those 4 anti-abortion justices want their legacy to be that?? I wouldn’t bet your farm on it!!!

Peggy Loonan, founder and executive director, Life and Liberty for Women